Heavy flooding leaves 181 dead or missing in China
July 7, Beijing: At least 181 people dead or missing in Chinese cities and villages after heavy rainfall and flooding for the last four days.
Water levels are starting to recede in central and eastern China Thursday following a week of heavy downpours that broke levees, flooded cities and villages and halted public transportation.
China Meteorological Administration on late Wednesday said the city of Wuhan, which has 8 million residents and sits on the Yangtze river, had a record weekly rainfall of 57.4 centimeters (22.6 inches).
Wuhan civil affairs officials told state media that 14 people were killed and one was missing. Nearly 170,000 residents have been relocated, and more than 80,000 have been placed in shelters, reports said.
The National Ministry of Civil Affairs said 181 people were reported missing or dead by Wednesday along the river and in adjacent regions.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made a 30-hour tour of the worst-hit Anhui, Hunan and Hubei provinces, urging local officials to fight the floods, ensure the safety of major levees and protect local residents. Waters in the lower parts of the Yangtze and in some major lakes in the region have all reached dangerous levels.
President Xi Jinping ordered the army and armed police to be dispatched to help in the disaster areas.
The Oslo Times International News Network